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Music in Education Summer School Group 2016

Summer School | Date 3rd - 15th July 2017

Course Outlines (PDF)

The Master in Education (M.Ed.) (Music in Education) programme is available by Summer School. As this is a modular programme designed specifically to support distance learners and international students, prospective applicants may choose one of the following study modes.

Option 1: Full-time* - 4 modules and 20,000 word dissertation completed in one year.
Most of the taught component is completed through attendance at a summer school during July. Students will be required to attend face-to-face and online tutorials, and occasional weekend lectures during the academic year.

Option 2: Part-time - 4 modules and 20,000 word dissertation completed over two years
The taught component is completed in year 1 through attendance at a summer school and supported by on-line learning and occasional weekend lectures (if based in Ireland during the academic year). The dissertation is completed during the second academic year as a distance student.

Option 3: Part-time - 4 modules and 20,000 word dissertation completed over three years
The taught component is completed in year 1 (2 modules studied) and year 2 (2 modules studied) through attendance at two summer schools and supported by on-line learning and occasional weekend lectures (if based in Ireland during the academic year). The dissertation is completed during the third academic year as a distance student.

*Note: full time students are required to be based in Dublin during their academic year of study.

Aims of the programme

Music is both an art form in its own right and also a highly effective teaching and learning methodology, which has been shown to operate successfully in formal and non-formal educational settings. Students will be introduced to the philosophies underpinning this creative educational approach, to its history, and to a wide range of music in education and performance techniques and to their use in diverse educational contexts.

Who is the programme for?

This is a new course offered by Trinity College Dublin in association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). It is provided for recognized teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary education, youth leaders, music in education practitioners, performers and others with a professional interest in the music and the arts in education.


The taught component contains four modules, with each module containing approximately 25 hours of contact time. Modules 1, 2 and 3 are held in Trinity College, Dublin during two very intensive weeks in July with subsequent work being carried out during the year. During the summer school period, workshops, lectures and seminars are also held during many of the evenings and on both Saturdays. The course is taught by tutors with international reputations in the field of Music in Education and Performance Studies. Students will be involved in practice focused workshops and seminars covering approaches to music in formal (primary, secondary and tertiary level) and non-formal educational settings. Tutorial support is built into the Summer School programme, and each student is entitled to tutorial time with a tutor to discuss assignments and academic progress. Online and face-to-face tutorial support is also provided during the academic year. Module 4 is delivered on-line in a blended learning model. Students may have an opportunity to participate in some of the Drama and Theatre in education modules and activities which is also run in parallel with the Music Summer School.

Typically, students on this programme register for option 2 and take the first four modules in year one, complete the related assessments from home, and those students who have attained a satisfactory level in their module assignments and are eligible to progress to the dissertation year, attend for a second, week-long Summer School the following July, in preparation for masters level study. This is a research year and students will be involved in the writing of a dissertation under the guidance of an assigned supervisor. Students are required to submit their dissertation within twelve months normally.

Students who for any reason do not wish to continue to the dissertation on the M.Ed. programme may, after satisfactorily completing four modules, apply to exit with a Post-graduate Diploma in Educational Studies.

Taught component: course modules

Module One: Philosophies of the Arts and Music Education
This module will introduce music students and musicians to music philosophical discourse, exploring a broad range of perspectives of the value of music and music education while debating the strengths and/or weaknesses of each perspective. This programme considers the views of influential thinkers in music, the arts and music education. The programme will include contemporary practical examples and will encourage participants to engage in philosophical debate. The programme is inclusive of students with little or no background in arts/music education philosophy. It will introduce students to the richness of the literature in the field and will be pitched appropriately for general education, music education and arts education graduates as well as for musicology, music theory, and music performance graduates.

Module Two: Performance Pedagogy
This module places a strong emphasis on performance focusing on choral conducting techniques. The course will deliver insights into practical matters such as vocal health and warm ups; writing choral arrangements; rehearsal techniques; interpretation; improvisation, developing the ability to read, analyze and interpret a choral score. The course will include coordination, confidence and techniques necessary to rehearse and perform a work for choir as well as the skills of critique and analysis.

Module Three: Irish Music and Culture
This module will explore traditional Irish music in both general and educational settings as a way of deepening the quality of participant understanding of the links between music and culture. Strategies which will equip participants with practical skills to develop their music performance and their level of engagement and mastery of concepts relating to Irish traditional music will be explored. Aural skills will be developed to extend participant experience of “learning by ear” through group music-making. Lectures on the contributions of key pioneers in the field will provide a theoretical backdrop to this primarily practical module.


Module Four: On-line Reading Seminar
The on-line reading assignment is designed to allow students to formulate an overview and assessment of varying methods and approaches to Music teaching. In-depth reading is organised around a structured theme, which requires critical evaluation of the readings, and students are encouraged to establish contact with a number of other students on the programme with whom they will share and critically discuss their responses to the texts (peer-buddies). This reading module seeks to increase students’ critical awareness, ability to discuss theoretical concepts, relate theory to practice and engage in the learning of others.

During the Summer School, students will be introduced to the major conventions in professional and academic writing and research methodology in preparation for completion of their coursework assignments.

Teaching and learning strategies

Students will be involved in practice focused workshops and seminars covering approaches to Music in formal and non-formal educational settings. Each of the four modules is individually assessed. A variety of methods including projects, case studies, portfolios, reports and essays are used. The integration of theory and practice is stressed in the content of the modules and in the assessments. Experiential and active teaching and learning strategies are used in the presentation of modules. Full details regarding the specific nature of assessment is provided at the start of each module.

Programme Fees

The M.Ed. programme fees for the academic year 2017/2018 are as follows:

EU Student Rates

Including Levies

Non-EU Student Rates

Including Levies

Option 1 (Full-time)

  • €7,223 (4 modules and dissertation)

Option 2 (Part-time)

  • €4,768 Year 1 (4 modules)
  • €6,318 Year 2 (dissertation)

Option 3 (Part-time)

  • €2,513 Year 1 (2 modules)
  • €2,513 Year 2 (2 modules)
  • €6,318 Year 3 (dissertation)

Option 1 (Full-time)

  • €11,463 (4 modules and dissertation)

Option 2 (Part-time)

  • €7,478 Year 1 (4 modules)
  • €10,043 Year 2 (dissertation)

Option 3 (Part-time)

  • €3,868 Year 1 (2 modules)
  • €3,868Year 2 (2 modules)
  • €10,043 Year 3 (dissertation)

Note: Please note that all fees quoted above are for guidance only, fees can be confirmed with the Financial Services Division.

Further information

For enquiries about course content please contact Marita Kerin ( / (00-353-1-8961145). For all other enquiries, including information about how to apply, please contact Ms. Keara Eades and Ms. Catherine Minet, the programme’s Executive Officers on: tel.: 00-353-1-8961290 / 8963568 or email them at:


Last updated 18 May 2017